North Korea ready to allow inspectors into missile sites, Pompeo says
Oct 09 2018
A meeting of top U.S. and Chinese diplomats got off to a frosty start on Monday, with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi airing grievances amid worsening bilateral relations.
After spending about five hours in Beijing, Pompeo headed for the airport to return to Washington.
Pompeo said that the two countries "will be having more frequent and higher-level working group discussions", but "ultimately, some of these big, hard issues have to be resolved by the nations' most senior leaders".
"Kim Jong Un expressed satisfaction over the productive and wonderful talks with Mike Pompeo at which mutual stands were fully understood and opinions exchanged", KCNA said.
Pompeo replied that it was "important that we listen to each other, work through and find constructive solutions so we can find a good outcome for both our countries".
"There's a lot of logistics that will be required to execute that", Mr Pompeo told a news briefing in Seoul before leaving for Beijing.
Pompeo said that once they reach a conclusion to the nuclear negotiations, . they will sign a peace treaty, . and that China will be part of that process.
Trump cancelled Pompeo's planned trip to Pyongyang in August, citing little evidence that North Korea had followed through on any of its commitments to denuclearize.
On Sunday, Pompeo met Moon to discuss his latest visit to Pyongyang and revealed that he and North Korean officials had agreed to arrange a second meeting between Trump and Kim.
Up to $260 billion worth of Chinese imports to the U.S. have been hit by tariffs and President Donald Trump has hinted he "could go all the way to 500", which would include all goods and products going into the country.
Pompeo is on the last stop of a four-leg Asian tour that began in Japan and is scheduled to end in China on Monday.
Pompeo has refused to discuss details of negotiations, including a USA position on North Korea's demand for a formal end to the Korean War and a proposal from Seoul for such a declaration to be accompanied by a shutdown of the North's main known nuclear facility. Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim had "warmly welcomed" Pompeo in Pyongyang and "spoke highly of him". In Beijing, Pompeo met his Chinese counterparts to discuss maintaining sanctions, although unrelated disputes between the two countries spilled into public view and he didn't meet with President Xi Jinping.
Speaking to the press, Pompeo said that inspectors would be allowed at the site "as soon as we get it logistically worked out".
A meeting of top U.S. and Chinese diplomats in Beijing to discuss North Korean nuclear disarmament has got off to a frosty start. USA officials have thus far said the penalties will remain in place until the North's denuclearization is fully verified.
A key issue highlighted by one former USA official who has spoken to North Korean officials in recent months is that the definition Kim's regime has of denuclearization is far more expansive than it is for the U.S.
"There is room for further reductions and I expect another one percentage point cut by the year-end", Xu added.